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Fungal Skin Infections

Picture of Tinea Capitis

Picture of Tinea Capitis

Tinea capitis is also known as ringworm of the scalp. This fungal infection generally affects school-age children and may spread in schools. It appears as scalp scaling associated with bald spots usually showing broken-off hairs. Oral antibiotics are needed to penetrate the hair roots and cure the infection after which hair grows back.

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Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on May 4, 2010

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Text: MedicineNet - Hair Loss in Men and Women